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Morning Concert: Prospero's Pens

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Morning Concert: Prospero's Pens


Published February 14, 1992


Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of the letter with subtle hand pressure. The many exotic and attractive designs in which pens have been made and their unique characteristics are explored by Charles Amirkhanian and his guests today, highlighted by the music of Michael Nyman for Peter Greenaway film Prospero's Books, in which the sound and sights of quill pen writing figured prominently. Among guests featured are Saul Kitchener, the expert pen restorer of Michael's Art supplies in San Francisco, Nancy Olson, managing editor of Penworld magazine, Larry Klein, who taught himself to write in 17th Century calligraphy with a quill pen, and Menashe Murad, owner of Manhattan's famous specialty store, Menash, which supplies rare and unusual fountain pens to ordinary citizens and celebrities alike. ( from KPFA Folio)


Run time 116 min

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